Sony Alpha 7S II Video Recording Limits

Sony Alpha 7S II (α7S II, a7S II, ILCE-7SM2)

The Sony Alpha 7S II has a maximum video recording time of 29 minutes, but only for some formats. That limit is also dependent upon multiple factors like camera settings, media storage size, camera power, and internal camera temperature. See details and notes below for more information.


Maximum continuous video recording times for the Sony Alpha 7S II
Format Limit

1Duration is approximate and is a product specification limit.

2Limited by file size of 4GB (approximately 20 minutes).

3If the recording time reaches 6 minutes, 59 seconds, recording will stop automatically.

4If the recording time reaches 5 minutes, 29 seconds, recording will stop automatically.

XAVC S Normal Frame Rates (59.94 fps or less) 29 minutes1
AVCHD Normal Frame Rates (59.94 fps or less) 29 minutes1
MP4 (28M) 4GB2
High Frame Rates [30p/16M] or [25p/16M] 7 minutes3
High Frame Rate [24p/12M] 5 minutes, 30 seconds4


  • High-quality movie recording and high-speed continuous shooting require large amounts of power. Therefore, if you continue to shoot, the temperature inside the camera will rise, especially that of the image sensor. In such cases, the camera will turn off automatically because the surface of the camera is heated to a high temperature or the high temperature affects the quality of the images or the internal mechanism of the camera.
  • If the file size exceeds 2 GB while recording in AVCHD mode, recording will continue and a new file will be created automatically.
  • If the file size reaches 4 GB when [File Format] is set to MP4 mode, recording will automatically stop.
  • Video is recorded in a variable bitrate, which automatically adjusts image quality depending on the shooting scene. Therefore, recording times will vary depending on the content you are shooting and the shooting conditions.
  • Alternate Model Names: α7S II, a7S II, ILCE-7SM2


  1. Sony Alpha 7S II (ILCE-7SM2) Online Help Guide - How To Use - Precautions/This product - Number of recordable still images and recordable time of movies - Recordable time of movies